From Business First of Columbus
Ohio Public Interest Research Group says the state’s high-speed passenger rail plan would create jobs and drive economic growth.
The nonprofit advocacy organization released a 63-page report Monday as Ohio officials consider whether to accept a $400 million federal stimulus grant to help develop a passenger rail system connecting Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland. Some state politicians have expressed concern that such a system would not be self-sufficient and would burden Ohio taxpayers with long-term maintenance and operations costs.
The Ohio Public Interest Research Group report, however, said the economic benefits would make its construction worthwhile.